Sailings by MSC Cruises in the Mediterranean will resume on January 24, the line has confirmed.

Cruise operations from Italy were temporarily suspended during the Christmas and end-of-year festivities due to restrictive measures related to movement within the country.

MSC Grandiosa will return to sea after two further departures were cancelled as Covid-19 prevention measures were extended in Italy.

However, the latest ministerial decree from the Italian government authorised the resumption of cruises under the protection of health and safety protocols developed with and authorised by the Italian health, transport and safety authorities last summer.

The decree and “related updated health measures” will enable the line’s flagship to resume weekly cruises on Sundays from Genoa calling at Italian ports of Civitavecchia for Rome, Naples, Palermo as well as Valetta in Malta.

Embarkation will be available from each port in Italy, the company said.

MSC Cruises has carried more than 30,000 passengers on board its two ships based in Italy since last summer.